There's been a bit of a issue between big shows with avid fandoms such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead in recent years in terms of spoilers. HBO stopped sending out screeners to avoid the leaking of spoilers. The Walking Dead has been known to shoot in secret to avoid the leaking of major spoilers, such as who Negan killed. While it's still up in the air how much spoilers really affect shows for better or for worse, at least one actress isn't particularly keen on them. In fact, Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams recently explained exactly why she dislikes the era of spoilers. Here's why she gets upset:
It really, really upsets me. Because, there's only a certain group of people who'd look at that anyway, compared to the audience that watches the show. It hurts. It's just like, oh we wanted to tell this story, and yeah, lots of people don't want to read it, and don't want to look at it. But then it's even more annoying when you know [the leaks] might be from someone on the inside, and it's just like... you're trying to make something really cool, that is really cool, and people really like, and it's like 'stop ruining it.' It's such a childish, annoying thing to do. And yeah, it's sad. It really annoys me.
It's not often that actors and actresses will go many rants related to something they don't like about their TV series, but Maisie Williams was not holding out during her interview with the Radio Times, telling the outlet she just hates putting the work in and seeing certain plot points get spoiled. She specifically finds it annoying that other people who work on Game of Thrones are sometimes responsible for the leaks, as well.
There really are lots of ways information gets out. Formerly, HBO had problems with screeners leaking before the show had officially premiered. We've also learned some potential information about character meet-ups and even the status of the Sand Snakes in the upcoming season, thanks to the comings and goings of cast members at airports and the occasional image pulled from filming. Sometimes cast and crew members will share info they probably shouldn't. There are lots of ways that leaks happen.
However, even if the leaks are annoying for members of the cast, the opposite argument indicates that some fans are unbothered by leaks and that the speculation keeps people interested in the long months between seasons. The good news? If you aren't a fan of spoilers, it's often easy to avoid the topic. And Game of Thrones did a good enough job throwing evidence in multiple directions in regards to the Jon Snow spoiler a season ago that people still weren't sure how that particular storyline would play out, so shows are getting better at keeping folks guessing.